A Day of Thesis(Eat)ing {WIAW}

Hello! This is going to be the week month of pictures with minimal text because writing pages of schoolwork (ahem, thesis) followed by blogging just muddles everything up in my head.

So, I thought a nice change of pace for today would be to let you in on what I’ve been eating (or some of what I ate one day) while stuck in libraries! (And by libraries, I mean the same, single library. I like working in one exact spot for a single specific project). Also, thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for creating this link up, to Laura for hosting hit this week!(Ps. Laura has a recipe for Banana Walnut Protein Pancakes up on her blog today!) It’s been a while since I’ve participated, and I’m so excited to hop back on the bandwagon this week!

Thesis Eats {WIAW}

Sunday I was cooped up in the library all day, so I grabbed lunch and dinner to eat at my table while I worked.

I think I started off the day with a Greek yogurt before my run, and a bowl of oatmeal afterwards!

Breakfast

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My breakfast held me over for quite a while, but that didn’t stop me from snacking on some carrots and hummus!

IMG_6437This actually ended up being my “lunch time meal”, since it occurred around 1:30 ish pm.

I finally felt the “real” hunger arise around 3 pm, so I went to Olives to grab some sustenance. I began with a sweet potato jalepeno soup and an apple (not pictured).

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I thought I would be satisfied until pretty late (like 8 or so), but ended up eating around 6:30-7 pm. I had the “protein” wrap from Olives, which consists of spinach, grilled chicken, egg whites, and avocado on a whole wheat wrap.

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IMG_6442It was deeeeelicious! I think I also had some snacks later but I cannot for the life of me remember what they were. Oh wait, I do.

IMG_0004Cinnamon teddy grahams!!! These guys are the best.

Ugh, truth be told, I actually wrote this post last night before going to bed, and I was famished writing it (it was almost 1 am), so putting up these pictures/writing about food was torture. I sure looked forward to breakfast this morning!

Questions:

What’s your favourite thing to eat while you’re studying or working on a project? 

I try to eat healthier when I’m working on big projects so that I can stay mentally alert. Drinking a lot of water and coffee helps too!

 

When You Wake Up Before Your Alarm + {WIAW}

Do you ever wake up before your alarm and feel oddly awake? However, do you then decide to go back to sleep anyways, because, well why not get that extra little bit of sleep?

That happened to me this morning, and after that extra 20 minutes of sleep, I actually woke up feeling more tired than before? What gives?! Well, I resisted the urge to back to sleep yet again, and am now up and blogging with you lovely people :) .

Since today is Wednesday, why not do a little food recap for What I Ate Wednesday? As always, thanks, Jenn for hosting!

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Sunday

Sunday’s lunch included a lot of bacon. Let’s say roughly 10 times what is pictured below. And no, I’m not kidding.

Along with my bacon, I had a veggie omelet (x2), scrambled eggs (x a lot), and a ton of water. That white meat shown on the plate is chicken (I think), and I didn’t end up eating it. It tasted kinda funky :( .

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Monday

Lunch on Monday was a little more balanced than Sunday’s, and included some leafy greens, avocado and bean salad, and chicken.

IMG_5565Confession: I was *that* girl who picked out the big chunks of avocado from the salad. Oops. Sorry.

Tuesday

Yesterday  morning I had a very large breakfast. We had “late” practice on Monday (from 6:30-8:30 pm ,instead of 4:45-6:45 pm), and then I rushed to grab some food to go before playing Intramural soccer at 9 pm. Even though I did have dinner, this extra activity relatively late at night really sent my hunger levels soaring, such that went I woke in the morning, I was famished!

I had a large plate of scrambled eggs with spinach, as well as two Strawberry Banana Chobani yogurts.

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One of these at the table, one eaten on da road

That kept me pretty full until lunch!

Alrighty, time to go get dressed and grab some Wawa coffee before heading to class!

Questions:

Do you like bacon? 

Do you ever feel more tired after having gone back to sleep before your alarm buzzes?

 

What I Eat During Competitions {WIAW}

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As you know from yesterday’s weekend recap, I was up at Yale for the Ivy squash scrimmages. Since this was my first tournament/competition in a while, it really got me thinking about my pre-match meals.

IMG_5386A while back, my coach, Chris, interviewed me for his own blog (Serious Squash). I already shared part of the interview here, but have been saving the rest of it for this post- What I eat during a tournament!

Although I am a big believer of the “train how you want to compete” philosophy, I find that my nutrition during a competition really does need to be extra precise. Over the years as I’ve learned more about proper nutrition and training, my rituals and habits are now almost down to a science. Although I’ve got it pretty down pat now, I do have to warn you that almost all of my knowledge has come from trial and error. What I mean by this is: what works for me, may not be best for you. If you do try some of my tips, please keep this in mind!

Breakfast

My Breakfast Guidelines

  • Most of my breakfasts are around the 500-600 calorie mark, and although I don’t count calories, I’ve found that I feel my best on court if I have a healthy well rounded breakfast that is in this range. More than this will send me into the lethargic stage, whereas less than this will leave me hungry by the time I am getting on court.
  • Some exceptions: When I am extremely nervous (usually before races, which are also early in the morning), or before a really big match, I don’t eat as much, and try to listen to my body. I find that the adrenaline compensates for the under eating, and that I actually perform better on a slightly empty stomach under these circumstances.

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What are some typical pre-match/pre-race breakfasts?

  • Greek yogurt with PB/AB and a banana (or half a banana)
  • Greek yogurt with protein powder + almond butter and a couple bites of banana
  • Oatmeal with peanut butter and preferably a banana as well
  • And, if I can’t find oatmeal or Greek yogurt, I can do a whole wheat bagel or toast with PB or AB and a banana.

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Breakfast Foods I Avoid

  • Eggs and omelettes. I find that if they’re not cooked properly, they can sit funnily in your stomach. Also, I don’t crave salty things in the morning. If I have an evening or afternoon match I can eat eggs a few hours before, but if it’s a morning match, I try to stay away from them.
  • Pancakes and french toast. When I was in high school, I was famous (well, not famous, but it was a trend) for getting a large crepe from DeDutch, French toast, or chocolate chip pancakes (with whipped cream!) before matches. And you know what? It worked just fine for the most part. I don’t know if it’s because “ignorance is bliss” or because my body actually can’t function at the same level with those foods in my stomach, but I don’t touch them before matches anymore. They are too heavy, and sit in my stomach making me feel lethargic. I don’t even eat them before training sessions (mostly because I like to train how I compete), and try to leave these special indulgences for off-days, or as a post-tournament/race treat.

Lunch

I like to keep it simple, have a sandwich or substantial salad. My body is pretty good at telling me if it “needs” a sandwich, which usually happens in between tough training sessions, when it’s craving carbs.

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My Lunch Guidelines

  • Nothing fried or greasy.
  • No red meat (it takes too long to digest)
  • Must have some lean protein (fish/chicken/turkey, or beans)
  • Vegetables (they also help re-hydrate you!)
  • Keep it on the lighter side (around 500-600 calories for a healthy meal)

Dinner

I am much more flexible when it comes to dinner, and I don’t have to do the boring” grilled chicken and vegetables” route. I actually like having Indian food, Mexican food, or something even more exotic, just as long as it’s not greasy.

Of course, I make sure it fits the “eat clean” bill, but I don’t worry about straying from red meat or any other specific foods.

Questions:

Do you eat any differently during competitions? 

What are some of your favourite pre-race/match foods?

Last but not least, I’m linking up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday, since, let’s face it, this post is all about food!

Team Bowling + Seasonal Eats {WIAW}

Guys, the autumn season is really growing on me. Not that I didn’t like it before, but it really is amazing just how “fall-ish” the East coast is- the turning leaves, the cool, crisp weather, and not to mention pumpkins everywhere! I also guarantee that either pumpkin or squash (the food) will be making consistent appearances on the blog for the duration of the fall season.

Speaking of which, for What I Ate Wednesday, let’s do a recap of my recent meals from the past few days, which, surprise surprise, are seasonally inspired!

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Lunch

Yesterday some of my teammates went to a farmer’s market type place, and Gabriella brought me back some pureed butternut squash!

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I don’t think there was any cream in it, but the vegetable was pureed so much that it tasted incredibly creamy, almost like a dessert!

It’s official, I’m in love with a butternut squash. (But that’s nothing new, is it?)

After practice, a few of us went to Olives, Princeton’s go-to lunch spot for both townies and college students. I ordered a lentil, kale, and sweet potato stew, which filled me riiiiight up.

IMG_5135 Team Bowling

After dinner last night, both the men’s and women’s loaded up on a school bus which took us to an activity centre for some team bonding.

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Alex, Hadley, Natalie, and Komron
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Libbie, Kira, and Gabriella

For about 2 hours, we bowled, laser-tagged, and arcade gamed until we were utterly exhausted. I guess a day of practice and games will do that to ya!

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Me, Rachel, and Alex

I wasn’t quite sure how my bowling abilities would measure up against the others, so I really had no expectations going in. I have a sad confession to make: after about 6 bowls (?), my forearm became fatigued and I resorted mainly to “granny style” bowling. I will not be taking up professional bowling, friends.

 Breakfast

My morning meal today was also quite seasonally inspired, thanks to some Pumpkin Spice Chobani Greek yogurt I picked up the other day at Wegmans.

IMG_5243It had been a while since I’d had overnight oats, so last night I combined the following ingredients, and set it in the fridge:

  • a handful of rolled oats
  • plain 2%Fage Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Spice Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ~1/2 cup nonfat milk

Lunch

I didn’t get done with practice today until about 3 pm, so needless to say I was hungry. Once again, I headed to Olives again, this time with Alex and Olivia, where I selected 2 kale salads, one with pumpkin ravioli, and the other with chicken and shrimp.

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I also got two pieces of sweet potato on top :D

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A little too excited about my food

And now I’m in the library writing up this post before I try and do a little thesis work. So far it’s been pretty difficult to get my imaging software to work (it’s this program called ImageJ), and it seems to be pretty touchy, so I’m hoping that one of my friends can help me out.

Well that’s most of the exciting news on my end, have a great rest of your Wednesday!

Questions:

Have you been enjoying any fall foods lately? If so, which ones?

Have you ever been lasertagging/bowling?

Pumpkin and Coconut Delights {WIAW}

Hello all!

I’m currently writing this post in my PJ’s as I munch on some chocolate protein pudding with cashew butter (easiest, healthiest delicious breakfast ever), and as soon as I hit publish, will be off to the student health centre to get an X-ray of my knee! I’ll be seeing the ortho tomorrow, and will most likely be getting and MRI done, but before any of that, they need to make sure that none of my bones are broken! (Which they shouldn’t be, because I think I would feel that!)

Workout (Tuesday)

AM Yoga: Yesterday morning both the mens and women’s team yet again had our early morning vinyasa yoga session. It started off a little slower than normal, which I really appreciated as it helped my body to ease into the poses.

PM Practice: Let me tell you a little bit about what was going through my head at 4:15 pm yesterday as I left my last class of the day: To practice, or to nap? That is the question! Since official NCAA practices start today, yesterday’s practice was optional, and I seriously considered plodding back to my room to curl up in my bed for about an hour. After some deliberation, I decided against it, and hit with a teammate, Kira for about an hour.

What I Ate Wednesday : Pumpkin and Coconut Edition

Thanks to Trader Joe’s, the following munchies have found their way into my life. Question: does eating pumpkin butter count as eating a serving of vegetables? I’d say that’s up to personal interpretation :D

  • Pumpkin Pie Parfait

I made myself a little pumpkin parfait the other day, with plain Greek yogurt, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin butter, with some cashew butter drizzled on top.

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  • Coconut Chocolate Covered Almonds

IMG_0086Be proud! I’ve had these nuggets for almost 4 days now, and I still have basically the whole container left! These almonds are sweet and perfectly crunchy, and a great way to satisfy a little sweet craving after a meal (or before a workout…?).

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  • Pumpkin Butter

I’ve been enjoying my pumpkin butter a couple of ways, with cottage cheese (don’t hate!), and topped on crackers with some cashew butter. These combos may or may not have turned into breakfasts over the past couple of days. Yumz!

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Ps. The crackers I’ve been using are the multigrain crackers from Trader Joe’s. They’re pretty inexpensive (about $2.50 a box?) and they’re great with both sweet and savoury toppings.

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  • Coconut Cashews

Just then you thought I couldn’t make any more combinations- stop that thought right there! I will always make more combinations- especially when they involve nuts. Or coconut :).

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The best thing about these nuts besides the fact that they taste amazing, is that they don’t have any other ingredients, other than cashews and coconut! No sugar added = big ups from me!

  • Coconut Chips

Probably my favourite purchase over the past couple of weeks. I just love how these chips aren’t really chips, but are rather just toasted coconut pieces! They’re crunchy, sweet and salty, and kind of creamy at the same time! Wins across the board!

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And one last thing, although it involves neither pumpkin nor coconut… my dinner from last night (recipe to come!!!)

  • Sweet Potato Chick Pea Quinoa burgers with Lemon Tahini sauce

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Blogging time’s up, and I am feelin’ a Wawa pumpkin spice coffee before my X-ray. Toodles!